She's beautiful, down-to-earth, and seemingly has it all with a successful acting career, her own natural product company, hot hubby and two adorable children. She's Jessica Alba, and she's also my number one girl crush.
Normally when people tick so many boxes, we look upon them with resentment but with Jess (can I call her that?) it's hard to feel anything but admiration as she seems to radiate niceness! She quite possibly could be the very definition of the Femme Fatale.
So where did it all begin? Born in Pomona, California on April 28, 1981, Alba described her family as a "very conservative family – a traditional, Catholic, Latin American family"; with her father of Mexican descent and her mother of Danish and French Canadian. Jessica grew up with one younger brother, Josh, and her childhood was marked by a number of physical ailments including partially collapsed lungs, pneumonia, asthma, a ruptured appendix and various allergies – a big motivator for the establishment of The Honest Company later in life.
Possessing a love of acting from an early age, it wasn't until Jessica was 12 years old before she took her first acting class and only nine months later she was signed by an agent. After a few various minor roles, she made her feature film debut in 1993 with the film Camp Nowhere (1994), when another actress dropped out and Jessica was brought in to replace her. What followed were a number of commercials, independent film roles and TV appearances. Her fame started to grow when she was cast in the Drew Barrymore comedy, Never Been Kissed, and alongside Devon Sawa in the comedy-horror film Idle Hands. But it was undoubtedly her casting as the lead role in James Cameron's sci-fi television series Dark Angel (2000 – 2002) that catapulted her to stardom and earned her a golden globe nomination in the process.
Despite a few shockers along the way – The Love Guru and The Eye both earned her Razzie Award nominations – Jessica has sealed her spot in the Hollywood scene with her appearance in the Fantastic Four movies, where she also met her now husband, Cash Warren. Nowadays she makes some interesting film choices, continuing to appease fans featuring in movies such as Machete and Sin City, plus upcoming sequels to both.
Alongside being a movie star, sex symbol for the gents and style icon for us ladies, Jessica is also an active mother with her two daughters Honor Marie Warren (born 2008) and Haven Garner Warren (born 2011), constantly papped spending time with them and appearing very hands-on for a Hollywood mum! And for most this would be enough, but Jessica has gone a bit further over the years, having been inspired from both her experience with various medical ailments from her childhood and now raising her own children, Jessica established The Honest Company in 2012 to create safe non-toxic, affordable products for use in the family home.
She's not only my style icon, she's my person icon – if there is even such a thing. She's beautiful yet one of the few female celebrities that hasn't at some point succumb to the size zero mentality, having always had a fantastic body that's healthy too. She's established her own company alongside a successful acting career and while she will have used her name and money to do so, there's no question that she's put in the hard yards to get it to where it is today. She's written a book, The Honest Life – Living Naturally and True to You – with tonnes of useful information about living a healthier life, while providing great snippets of inspiration for ourselves, our homes, and our lives. She supports various charities, and more than anything else, she's a mother of two adorable little girls, constantly making it evident that in their household, family comes first.
Don't get me wrong, I don't want to be Jessica Alba, but I try to be like her. I consider her a role model and a great inspiration in many facets of my life. My hubby laughs at me as I look at her with admiration as she rocks another red carpet on the TV or point out another handy fact from her book that is constantly sitting on the coffee table, but she's my role model, my girl crush, and a total femme fatale!
Main Image Source: Gilles Bensimon, Styled by Joe Zee - Elle.com